Impact of COVID-19 on transport and spatial development: an international perspective

Joint Workshop of WCTR SIG F1 & AUM

The new corona virus pandemic has frozen human activities and urges to rethink urban systems. In most countries, the pandemic is not under control yet. It remains uncertain how long it will take to overcome the restrictions, and how life after the pandemic might differ from life before the pandemic. Given these uncertainties, we will hold a free workshop to stimulate the discussion and research on the interaction of transport and spatial development during and after the pandemic. The workshop is jointly organized by the special interest group SIG F1 of WCTR and AUM. The webinar will take place in two parts on February 25th and March 11th, 2021.


Registration is free of charge. You may register here. A zoom link to attend both webinars will be provided by email to all registered participants. 

We also provide a discussion board on Facebook. The registered e-mail addresses are uploaded for pre-approval. If you want to use another e-mail for the facebook account, please send member request in the facebook or send e-mail to the following contacts: Masanobu Kii ( or Rolf Moeckel (

Discussions related to the content of the presentations can be conducted here:


A video recording of the webinars is available on the YouTube channel of WCTR:

  • February 25th can be found here
  • March 11th can be found here

25 February 2021 (Chaired by Dr. Rolf Moeckel, Technical Univ. of Munich)

Key Note Address


Name Affiliation Title
15:00 Mike Batty

University College


The Socially-Distanced City                    

Travel Behavior Research and COVID-19

Time Name Affiliation Title
15:15 Giovanni Circella University of California, Davis Studying the temporary vs. longer-term impacts of the pandemic on mobility
15:25 Chandrima Mukhopadhyay & Saumya Lathia Ahmedabad University, India Impact of Covid-19 on urban transport in Indian cities
15:35 M. Shafiq-Ur Rahman Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh Impacts of COVID-19 on Mobility of Elderly and Disabled People
15:45 Ana Luísa Silva ONG Lalana Covid-19 impacts on the peri-urban mobility of women and vulnerable households in Madagascar

Land Use Implications of COVID-19

Time Name Affiliation Title
15:55 Joris Beckers Universiteit Antwerpen The local shop and last mile specialist as the winner of COVID-19?

Transit and COVID-19

Time Name Affiliation Title
16:15 Thomas Koch & Elenna Dugundji CWI - National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science Determining the Effect of Lower Public Transit Frequencies in COVID‑19 Timetables on Perceived Door‑to‑door Travel Times
16:25 Rounaq Basu Massachusetts Institute of Technology Using new mobilities for post-COVID transit recovery strategies
16:35 Haixiao Pan Tongji University Rail transit passengers before and after the epidemic. A case study in Shanghai
16:45 Mattia Borsati Bocconi University Questioning the spatial association between the spread of COVID-19 and transit usage in Italy
16:55 Rolf Moeckel Technical University of Munich Final remarks
17:00 Adjourn    

Time in Central European Time. Other start times are 06:00 (Los Angeles), 9:00 (New York), 14:00 (London), 15:00 (Munich), 22:00 (Beijing), 23:00 (Tokyo), 1:00 (Sydney)

11 March 2021 (Chaired by Dr. Ying Jin, Univ. of Cambridge)

Key Note Address

Time Name Affiliation Title
15:00 Robert Noland Rutgers University                     Street Space Allocation and Active Travel: Will COVID-19 change anything?


Time Name Affiliation Title
15:15 Graham Currie Monash University Long term/post-pandemic impacts of COVID-19 on commuting in Melbourne, Australia
15:25 Taru Jain Monash University COVID-19 and Working from Home: Long-term Impacts and Psycho-social Determinants
15:35 Anna Reiffer Institute for Transport Studies - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Analyzing the effects of new forms of work on travel demand
15:45 Jago Dodson & Tiebei Li RMIT University Commuting patterns in Melbourne: Assessing short-run and longer term COVID impacts


Time Name Affiliation Title
15:55 Tim Jones Oxford Brookes University Investigating English local authority response to the UK government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF)
16:05 Haitao He Loughborough University How did micromobility change in response to COVID-19

Policy Implications

Time Name Affiliation Title
16:15 John Omwamba UN-Habitat Impact and Resilience of Transport to Covid-19 Through Policy and Governance in Selected African Countries
16:25 Beatriz Mella Lira Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Transitions to mobility during deconfinement. Co-production of mobility and urban development strategies during the sanitary crisis
16:35 Lucy Budd and Stephen Ison De Montfort University, Leicester, UK Responsible Transport for Urban Mobility in a post-COVID world
16:45 Anson Gock Delaware Department of Transportation Exploring the Relationship between COVID-19 and Crash Patterns
16:55 John Douglas Hunt University of Calgary Using the PECAS Model of Alberta to Anticipate and Respond to the Spatial Economic and Transport Impacts of COVID-19
17:05 Ying Jin University of Cambridge Final remarks
17:10 Adjourn    

Time in Central European Time. Other start times are 06:00 (Los Angeles), 9:00 (New York), 14:00 (London), 15:00 (Munich), 22:00 (Beijing), 23:00 (Tokyo), 1:00 (Sydney)